Employment

Manhattan Country School faculty and staff work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, warmth and commitment to the vision and mission of the school. Our community of more than 50 employees, in New York City and at our 180-acre farm in the Catskills, mirror the diversity of our student body. 

Current job openings are listed below. Application instructions are provided within each job posting. 

Manhattan Country School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies.
MCS supports teacher-training programs at Bank Street College, City College, New York University and Teachers College, Columbia University, among others, so there are opportunities each year for assistant, student and intern teachers in many of our classrooms, as well as at the MCS Farm. Résumés and cover letters for these positions are accepted in the early spring for the following school year. To be considered, please email Ellen Porter

Current Employment Opportunities

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Lower School Science Teacher 2021-2022 

    Manhattan Country School seeks a Science Teacher for the Lower School (ages 4 through 8 year-olds) for the 2021-2022 school year.  This is a fully in-person position. The Science Teacher reports to the Director of the Lower School.  
     
    The science program promotes children’s innate curiosity for learning through indoor and  outdoor exploration, imagination and inquiry. The application of the scientific method is  developed within this framework of learning through observation, data collection, prediction and  analysis.  
    Responsibilities: 
    • Oversee the science program for the youngest grade levels 
    • Collaborate with classroom teachers and other science teachers to implement the program 
    • Maintain connections with the farm and community organizations 
    • Participate in one or two farm trips per year 
    • Help to maintain the school’s garden and neighborhood plot 
    • Care for the various insects/animals that live in teachers' classrooms
    • Write progress reports about children and check in with parents on occasion 
    • Ensure that the science program is visible within the building and through our digital materials 
    Qualifications & Requirements: 
    • Master’s degree  
    • Science teaching experience with elementary age children  
    • Pedagogy and teaching experience that reflect an emphasis on differentiated instruction of an inquiry-based, experiential approach to learning
    • Ability to work collaboratively with staff to integrate science within various areas,  including social studies, the arts, math, language arts, Spanish and the farm program 
    • Experience in outdoor education, gardening and earth stewardship
    • Comfort in being outdoors with children in all types of weather
    • Knowledge of the different flora and fauna commonly found in the Northeast
    • Self-motivated, innovative and supportive of the school’s philosophy
    • Flexible, collaborative, and have a sense of humor 
    Preferred: 
    • Commitment to progressive teaching in a diverse community  
    • Experience with integration of technology in the event of a need for remote learning
    To apply:??  Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and three references to Tiffany Tsung at ttsung@manhattancountryschool.org with “Lower School Science Teacher” in the subject line. We are not able to receive phone call inquiries at this time.  For more information about MCS, see https://www.manhattancountryschool.org
  • Farm-Based Education Internship

    The Manhattan Country School Farm is seeking candidates for its Farm-Based Education Internship for the 2020-21 school years.

    The MCS Farm, located in New York’s Catskill Mountains, is the rural campus of Manhattan Country School, a diverse and progressive elementary and middle school in New York City.

    The Farm-Based Education Intern consists of two overlapping parts: a residential component that includes overnight responsibilities and some kitchen duties. An educational component includes participation in our Experiential Education Program run by our Farm Faculty.

    The Farm-Based Education Intern is supported by the Farm Director and faculty mentors. The intern will gain incredible, hands on experience while making a positive impact on the lives of others. 
    Applicants should be eager, positive, mindful, and patient. A MCS Farm intern must possess the ability to work collaboratively with both children and adults. Candidates should be comfortable working outside, rain, snow or shine. 
    Requirements:
    • Candidates must be at least twenty one years old
    • possess a valid driver’s license
    • have current First Aid, CPR, AED and epi pen certification
    • Due to the rural location, a car is required.
    The internship begins Aug. 1, 2020 and ends July 31, 2021. A stipend of $1000, per month, with room and most meals provided.
    To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to John McDaniel at jmcdaniel@manhattancountryschool.org.   

     


  • Lower School Spanish Language Teacher for 2021-2022 

    Manhattan Country School seeks an experienced  Spanish language teacher for its four youngest classes in grades Pre-K – 2nd Grade. The Spanish program relies on our progressive philosophy in the development and implementation of its curriculum. Classes encourage individual and group engagement. The Spanish language teacher reports to the Lower School Director and works closely with two other Spanish language teachers in the school.
    We are seeking an energetic, collaborative, hard-working, and talented teacher who is skilled at connecting with students, families and staff. 
    Duties and Responsibilities
    • Teaches Spanish to these four age groups: 4-5s, 5-6s, 6-7s and 7-8s
    • Implements curriculum that emphasizes the joy of learning vocabulary, songs, stories and cultural traditions and the pleasure of practicing speaking and listening to Spanish 
    • Seeks to make consistent connections to social justice and identity, in particular in the area of social studies
    • Collaborates with the teaching teams in sustaining a dynamic program and developing interdisciplinary collaborations with the city and farm staff 
    • Communicates with families including writing reports
    • Attends weekly staff meetings and other periodic meetings and school events 
    • Fulfills various other duties, including lunch and arrival coverage

    Requirements and Qualifications
    • Full-time teaching experience 
    • Masters degree in Spanish or Spanish education
    • Strong knowledge of child development and progressive education
    • Provide examples of innovative pedagogy to promote inquiry and learning in children and evidence of capable writing
    • Command a range of teaching methods to meet different learning needs
    • Integrate technology to enhance teaching remotely during the fall semester 
    • Work closely with a dedicated team of teachers, the learning specialists and math coordinator, and the Lower School administrative team 
    • Take initiative, have a sense of humor, and demonstrate strong communication skills
    • Native speaker preferred
    • Prior experience in a diverse community or working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism is a plus

    To Apply:
    Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and contact information for three references to Tiffany Tsung at ttsung@manhattancountryschool.org with “Lower School Spanish Teacher” in the subject line. We are not able to receive phone call inquiries at this time. 
  • Lower School Music Teacher for 2021-2022

    Manhattan Country School is seeking a Music Teacher for its four youngest classes, pre K – 2nd grade. The musical repertoire draws from social justice issues, the civil rights movement and our progressive philosophy. The Music Teacher reports to the
    Lower School Director and works closely with the teachers and the rest of the music department.
    Qualified candidates should be enthusiastic, flexible, and excellent at collaborating. We are seeking an energetic, hard-working, and talented musical individual, who is skilled at connecting with students, faculty and the wider community.

    Responsibilities and Duties:
    • Teaches half -and whole-group singing classes 
    • Works closely with the Upper School Music Teacher and the Accompanist
    • Seeks to make consistent connections to social justice and identity, in particular in the area of social studies
    • Collaborates with the teaching teams in sustaining a dynamic program and developing interdisciplinary collaborations with the city and farm staff 
    • Communicates with families including writing reports
    • Organizes and helps to lead school assemblies
    • Arranges an end-of-year Sing Along
    • Attends weekly staff meetings and other periodic meetings and school events 
    • Fulfills various other duties, including lunch and arrival coverage
    Requirements and Qualifications:
    • Able to play piano and portable accompaniment instruments
    • Experience teaching music in an early childhood setting
    • Master’s in Music Education or Education
    • Relevant training in Kodaly, Orff, or Dalcroze methods preferred
    To apply: 
    Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and contact information for three references to Tiffany Tsung at ttsung@manhattancountryschool.org with “Lower School Music Teacher” in the subject line. We are not able to receive phone call inquiries at this time. For more information about MCS, see https://www.manhattancountryschool.org
  • 5th and 6th Grade Math Teacher

    Manhattan Country School seeks an experienced math teacher who brings passion and skill to teaching and working with children, as well as a commitment to social justice, equity, and diversity. MCS is in the process of doubling enrollment, and this will be the first time that we have a departmentalized math teacher for 5th and 6th grades. The 5th and 6th grade math teacher will work in close collaboration with the 5th and 6th grade homeroom teachers and will report to the Upper School Director. This is an in-person only position. 
     
    Duties and Responsibilities
    The 5th and 6th grade math teacher engages students in an inquiry-based curriculum that balances conceptual understanding and number sense with skill building, efficiency, and accuracy. The Upper School uses the Connected Math Program as a base, along with other resources. Incorporating social justice into math classes is an important value. We have a documented curriculum, and there is room for teachers to develop and refine curriculum. The math teacher will
    • oversee the 5th and 6th grade math program, teaching number sense, factors and multiples, division, fractions, decimals, percent, ratios, geometry, probability, and statistics
    • incorporate differentiation in the math curriculum to meet the needs of a range of students
    • participate in annual special math events and activities, including the Pi Day and the Social Justice Data Fair
    • collaborate with the 7th and 8th grade math teacher to adjust and refine vertical alignment
    • give students regular feedback and communicate with families, including writing reports and leading conferences
    • accompany students on two 1-week trips to our Catskills farm
    • possibly teach an elective
    • fulfill other various duties, including lunch and park coverage
    • collaborate with the 5th and 6th grade team on sustaining a dynamic program and developing interdisciplinary opportunities, including social justice work

    Requirements and Qualifications
    • Full-time teaching experience 
    • Masters degree in math or math education preferred
    • Strong knowledge of child development and progressive education
    • Provide examples of innovative pedagogy to promote inquiry and learning in adolescents and evidence of capable writing
    • Command a range of teaching methods to meet different learning needs
    • Ability to work closely with a dedicated team of teachers, the math coordinator, and the Upper School director
    • Integrate technology, including Google applications, laptops/iPads, smartboard/projector, math applications, etc.
    • Self-starter, take initiative, have a sense of humor, and demonstrate strong listening and communication skills
    • Prior experience in a diverse community or working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism is a plus

    To apply:
    Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Ellen Porter at eporter@manhattancountryschool.org with “5th and 6th grade math teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls please.  
     


  • 6th Grade Humanities Teacher

    Manhattan Country School seeks an experienced 6th grade humanities teacher who brings passion and skill to teaching and working with children, as well as a commitment to social justice, equity, and diversity. MCS is in the process of doubling enrollment, and this will be the first time that we have two sections of 6th grade. The 6th grade humanities teachers will be the homeroom teachers for 6th grade, teaching reading, writing, and history in addition to building community and classroom culture. The 6th grade humanities teachers report to the Upper School Director and is an in-person only position.
     
    Duties and Responsibilities
    • The 6th grade teacher teaches English (class novels, book groups, and analytical and creative writing) and history (U.S. Constitution; American, French, and Haitian Revolutions; and Civil Rights Movement) 
    • helps create a social justice and activism lens for the curriculum
    • advises students and communicates with families, including writing reports and leading conferences
    • accompanies students on three 1-week fall, winter, and spring class trips to our Catskills farm
    • teaches a 6th-8th grade elective
    • fulfills other various duties, including lunch and park coverage
     
    Requirements and Qualifications: 
    • Full-time teaching experience
    • Masters degree preferred
    • Strong knowledge of child development and progressive education
    • Provide examples of innovative pedagogy to promote inquiry and learning in adolescents and evidence of capable writing
    • Command a range of teaching methods to meet different learning needs
    • Integrate technology, including Google applications, laptops/iPads, smartboard/projector, etc.
    • Self-starter, take initiative, have a sense of humor, and demonstrate strong listening and communication skills
    • Prior experience in a diverse community or working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism is a plus
    To apply:
    Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Ellen Porter at eporter@manhattancountryschool.org with “6th grade humanities teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls please.
  • Lower School Assistant Teacher

    Manhattan Country School seeks a full-time Assistant Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. This position is full-time in-person. The position may involve working with one or more groupings in our PreK through 4th grade classrooms. 
    Manhattan Country School is a pre-K - 8th grade elementary school in New York City that is recognized for its strong academic program, racial and economic diversity, social justice activism, and an emphasis on environmental education that features a working farm in the Catskills in Roxbury, N.Y. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, MCS is unique among NYC independent schools. MCS’ educational philosophy relies on educators who have strong knowledge of child development and can apply it to effective pedagogies of inquiry and learning, enjoy the excitement and curiosity of children, want to help build a community where diverse perspectives are valued, and appreciate the life-long impact of working together for social and environmental justice. 
    Assistant Teachers work closely with the grade level team. Assistant Teachers report to the Director of the Lower School. 
    Responsibilities: 
    • Collaborate in the development and implementation of interdisciplinary curriculum ? Provide differentiated instruction to varying learning modalities 
    • Oversee classroom management of the students with team teachers 
    • Communicate with parents/guardians on a regular basis 
    • Prepare for and attend parent conferences and write progress reports 
    • Attending weekly faculty meetings and occasional school events 
    • Substituting for mentor teacher or other Lower School faculty when necessary 
    Responsibilities will vary based on our circumstances and needs, and could include: ? Support teachers in classrooms and in remote learning 
    • Supervise remote instruction for students through the use of technology while simultaneously supporting children in the classroom 
    • Assist students in maintaining social distancing and proper hygiene practices throughout the day, including during park times 
    • Help to manage arrival and dismissal procedures, as well as snack and lunch transitions
    Qualifications & Requirements: 
    • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree 
    • Enrollment in (or completion of) a teacher training program 
    • Previous experience working as an assistant teacher in an elementary classroom, and preferably experience co-leading the class at times 
    • Commitment to working in a multicultural learning environment that necessitates flexibility, the ability to work collaboratively, and a desire to enhance professional growth 
    • Finds joy in working with children 
    • Supports MCS’s commitment to equity 
    • Demonstrates cultural competency and skills engaging with and learning from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences 
    • Possesses strong technology skills and comfort utilizing a projector and the following platforms: Zoom, Seesaw and Google Classroom 
    • Approaches work with kindness, maturity, curiosity, and a sense of humor 

    To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and three references to Tiffany Tsung at ttsung@manhattancountryschool.org.
  • Head Teacher, Lower School

    Head Teacher Lower School 
    Manhattan Country School seeks a full-time Head Teacher for the 2021-2022 School Year. This position will be full time in-person. Head Teachers report to the Director of Lower School. 
    Manhattan Country School (MCS) is a pre-K – 8th elementary school in NYC recognized for its strong academic program, racial and economic diversity, and an environmental literacy program that features a working farm in the Catskills. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, Manhattan Country School is unique among NYC independent schools. MCS’ educational philosophy relies on educators who have strong knowledge of child development and can apply it to effective pedagogies of inquiry and learning, enjoy the exuberance and curiosity of children, want to help build a community where diverse perspectives are valued, and appreciate the life-long impact of working together for social and environmental justice. 
    Responsibilities: 
    • Implementing a progressive and interdisciplinary curriculum that is designed to promote children’s physical, intellectual, and socioemotional development 
    • Overseeing classroom management of the students together with team teachers working in person and remotely 
    • Providing differentiated instruction to accommodate varying learning modalities and working closely with learning specialist and other staff members in support of the children’s growth • Collaborate closely with the grade level team, including weekly meetings for planning and sharing of curricula. 
    • Communicating with parents regularly, leading conferences and writing progress reports 
    Requirements and Qualifications
    • Master’s degree in Education 
    • Full-time head teaching experience with elementary age children 
    • Pedagogy and teaching experience that reflect an emphasis on an inquiry-based, experiential  approach to learning 
    • Demonstrates strong communication skills
    • Self-motivated, innovative and collaborative 
    • Finds joy in being with children 
    • Demonstrates cultural competency and skills engaging with and learning from people with  diverse backgrounds and experience 
    • Supports MCS’s commitment to equity 
    • Approaches work with kindness, responsibility, curiosity, flexibility, and a sense of humor • Possesses strong technology skills and comfort utilizing a projector and the following  platforms: Zoom, Seesaw and Google Classroom 
    To Apply: Please send cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to Tiffany Tsung at: ttsung@manhattancountryschool.org
  • 6th Grade Teacher

    Manhattan Country School seeks an experienced 6th grade teacher for Fall 2021 who brings passion and skill to teaching and working with children, as well as a commitment to social justice, equity, and diversity. MCS is in the process of doubling enrollment, and this will be the first time that we have two sections of 6th grade. The two 6th grade teachers will split the responsibilities of teaching math, English, science, and history, with each leading two academic subjects in addition to community building and homeroom responsibilities. The 6th grade teacher reports to the Upper School Director.
     
    Duties and Responsibilities:
    The 6th grade teacher
    • teaches two of the four subjects: math, science, English, or history (U.S. Constitution; American, French, and Haitian Revolutions; and Civil Rights Movement) 
    • helps create a social justice and activism lens for the curriculum
    • advises students and communicates with families, including writing reports and leading conferences
    • accompanies students on three 1-week fall, winter, and spring class trips to our Catskills farm
    • teaches a 6th-8th grade elective
    • fulfills other various duties, including lunch and park coverage
     
    Requirements and Qualifications:
    • Full-time teaching experience
    • Masters degree preferred
    • Strong knowledge of child development and progressive education
    • Provide examples of innovative pedagogy to promote inquiry and learning in adolescents and evidence of capable writing
    • Command a range of teaching methods to meet different learning needs
    • Integrate technology, including Google applications, laptops/iPads, smartboard/projector, etc.
    • Self-starter, take initiative, have a sense of humor, and demonstrate strong listening and communication skills
    • Prior experience in a diverse community or working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism is a plus.
    To apply:Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Ellen Porter at eporter@manhattancountryschool.org with “6th grade teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls please.
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